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HU334 (W) Visions of the Frontier

HU334 (W) Visions of the Frontier

1/27 - 5/15 Online

Maximum Enrollment: 0 LBS

Course Description




A frontier can be defined as the border between two countries or as the part of a territory that forms the outer boundary of its settled or inhabited regions. This course will explore these related definitions of the frontier: the frontier as dividing line and the frontier as space where the civilized and the “uncivilized,” the known and the unknown, the mapped and the unmapped, meet. A diverse array of frontiers will be studied—from the Great Wall of China and the Roman limes, to the American West, the U.S./Mexican border, the African interior, and the Garden of Eden. In addition, a metaphorical application of the frontier concept will open up fruitful contemplation of “frontiers” around and among us, including the frontier of the “self.” Authors to be studied include, among others, Willa Cather, Yuri Herrera, Andrei Platonov, and J.M. Coetzee. 


Required Materials: 

J.M. Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians (Penguin 2010)

  • ISBN-10: 0143116924

  • ISBN-13:978-0143116929

Yuri Herrera, Signs Preceding the End of the World (And Other Stories 2015) 

  • ISBN-10: 9781908276421

  • ISBN-13: 978-1908276421

Greg Grandin, The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the American Mind (Metropolitan Books 2020) 

  • ISBN-10 : 1250214858

  • ISBN-13 : 978-1250214850


Prerequisite: Non-matriculated students should minimally possess a GED or High School Diploma. This is an upper level course, so it is advisable that you have some college work in your background before enrolling in this course--ideally, you will have taken EN 100, ENG101, or an equivalent English Composition course.



“My primary goals as a teacher are to introduce students to complex and interesting material, to foster a love of learning (especially independent, self‐ directed learning) and to help students master the skills of critical reading and thinking, analytic and creative writing, and research.”

Seth Rogoff is a novelist and a scholar of literary and cultural analysis. He is the author of the novels First, the Raven: a Preface (Sagging Meniscus Press 2017) and Thin Rising Vapors (SMP 2018). His shorter work has appeared in many journals, including "BODY", "Cagibi", "Epiphany", "Eclectica", and "Rain Taxi". He has translated works by Franz Kafka, including the novel The Castle (Vitalis 2007). He has received grants from Duke University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Humanities Council, and the University of Amsterdam. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Creative Writing in Berlin, Germany in 2006-2007. Seth’s recent academic work focuses on the cultural history, literary theory, and politics of dream interpretation—and in general, he pushes the boundaries between literary and cultural analysis, media theory, history, and philosophy. In addition to his creative and scholarly work, he is a passionate environmentalist and works as a freelance analyst and writer for nonprofit environmental organizations. Seth earned his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam’s Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). He received a MA in European Intellectual History from Duke University and a BA in the interdisciplinary program Literature and History from Washington University in St. Louis.

View Seth Rogoff's site here.

Instructor: Seth Rogoff 

Meetings: (Online)

Elective: 3 credits 

Non-Matriculated Tuition: $1,280

Transcript Fee: $50

Term: January 27 - May 15

This course is fully online with no synchronous meeting times


Maine College of Art uses Canvas as our learning management system. Non-matriculated students who enroll in this course will be provided a @MECA.EDU email account to access our online resources. 



  1. Interested students who are not currently enrolled at MECA must apply by completing and returning the Non-Matriculated Student Enrollmentform. Students seeking credit will also need to attach a copy of transcripts for review (see below). Download the form and return it to cstudy@meca.edu


  1. Students seeking credit for these courses must include a transcript**. Your enrollment is complete after we receive confirmation of your GED or High School Diploma. Please note: it is recommended that you have some college experience before taking this course.

If you have specific questions about COURSES FOR CREDIT opportunities, please contact MECA’s Continuing and Professional Studies registrar: cstudy@meca.edu




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